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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

tourist submarines as a way of raising immediate capital. They will be operated and maintained by Rainbowfish employees.Rainbowfish has also embarked on design and construction of twin four-man 6km rated submersibles, similar to the Russian MIRs, for possible use in China’s mining claim in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) manganese nodule fields. Cui has allocated some of his attention to advising this experienced team as well.Supporting Cui’s imperatives, the Chinese government is building a dedicated pier and breakwater for his large motherships to operate near the Rainbowfish production

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Video: Soil Testing Vehicle Dives Deep

DEME Group's GSR (Global Sea Mineral Resources) exploration activities in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) during the company's 2017 Pacific campaign narrowed in on three major elements: resource assessment, technology and environment.To verify resource estimates undertaken during GSR's 2014 and 2015 campaigns, nodules were collected using deep-sea dredges and box cores.The technological aspects involved the deployment of Patania I, the first tracked soil testing device vehicle to reach and travel the seafloor at depths of more than 4,500 m. The vehicle is the first of a series of three

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

thought to be formed by geological processes, such as gas or fluid seepage. However, the tracks resembled others attibuted to whales in other regions of the world’s oceans, leading the researchers to suggest that a deep-diving whale is the likely perpetrator.In 2015, the RRS James Cook visited the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ), with a mission to characterize the habitats and species within the CCZ. The expedition used the Autosub6000 AUV along with a suite of other data collection methods to form an environmental baseline for this area. When processing the side-scan sonar data, the research team

Fugro Supporting Seabed Mining Exploration

, and sampling of minerals from the seafloor. Fugro will also measure geotechnical properties, catalog the mineral resource and help NORI to determine optimal mining areas. The data acquisition and sampling will take place in water depths of up to 4,500 meters over a 400-square-kilometer area between the Clarion and Clipperton fracture zones. The field work will be accomplished using the company’s Echo Surveyor VII autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and specialized seafloor sampling equipment.“Fugro’s sector leading technology, technical capabilities and track record of success make it

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Fugro Commences Deep Sea Mining Support

minerals from the seafloor. Fugro will also measure geotechnical properties, catalogue the mineral resource and help NORI to determine optimal mining areas.    The data acquisition and sampling will take place in water depths of up to 4,500 metres over a 400-square-kilometre area between the Clarion and Clipperton fracture zones. The field work will be accomplished using the company’s Echo Surveyor VII autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and specialised seafloor sampling equipment.   “Fugro’s sector leading technology, technical capabilities and track record of success

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

nodules, sometimes known as manganese nodules, are found in vast deep-sea basins at depths of 3,500 to 6,500 meters across the world’s oceans. The most profitable fields, however, are found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Within the Pacific, an area around the size of Europe called the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), extends from the west coast of Mexico to Hawaii. This region has the world’s largest and most valuable beds, hosting around 21 billion metric tons of nodules, that form at a sluggish rate of a few millimeters every million years.   As the CCZ is in international

Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

and demand grows for metals in high-tech applications.   Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) said it would conduct environmental studies and surveys for deposits of polymetallic nodules, which contain copper, nickel, cobalt and manganese, along with rare earth minerals, at a site within the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, located between Hawaii and Mexico, of the Pacific Ocean.   OMS is majority owned by Keppel, while a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and private investment company Lion City Capital Partners are minority shareholders.      (Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan;

Major Pacific trenches (1–10) and fracture zones (11–20). The Clipperton Fracture Zone is the nearly horizontal line No. 15 below the Clarion Fracture Zone (14), and the Middle America Trench is the deep-blue line No. 9. Photo Wikipedia

Ocean Mineral Singapore Contract for Seabed Exploration

  Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) has entered into a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules at a site within the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific Ocean with the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Sponsored by the Singapore Government, OMS is the first Singaporean company to be awarded an exploration contract for polymetallic nodules. The contract signing ceremony took place between Mr Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the ISA and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Director of OMS, and was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad,

Ong Ye Kung, director of Ocean Mineral Singapore

Ocean Mineral Singapore Set for Seabed Exploration

from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on its application for its first seabed exploration licence. Over the next few months, OMS will work with ISA to finalise the terms of contract for the award of the licence. The licence will allow exploration for polymetallic nodules at a site within the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific. OMS is a Singapore-incorporated company majority owned by Keppel Corporation, with UK Seabed Resources Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based Lockheed Martin UK Holdings Ltd, and Singapore-based private investment company Lion City Capital Partners

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When Will Deep Sea Mining Commence? The Robot is Ready

it back.   Chief Executive Mike Johnston told Reuters he was confident a resolution would be sorted out and the company would be mining within two to three years.   Most of the world's best deposits lie even deeper than Nautilus' Solwara 1, at around 6,000 metres in an area known as the Clarion Clipperton Zone.   Large numbers of manganese nodules - potato sized rocks rich in copper, cobalt and nickel - lie across this 4.5 million square kilometre abyssal plain between Hawaii and Mexico.     LICENSES ALREADY AWARDED   The U.N.'s ISA is drawing up a code to deal

UDT Conference: Responds to Subsea Security

, Chairman of the UDT 2013 conference committee, said, 'This conceptual approach to the conference agenda, which focuses on flexible technologies and innovative, cost-effective solutions in the underwater environment offers a unique angle to UDT this year.’ Rear Admiral Simon Williams OBE, of Clarion Events, the event organisers, said, 'The undersea environment is the most testing one that man encounters - and that includes space exploration. Subsea technology has to deal with a highly corrosive medium that exerts enormous pressures. Yet the arteries that enable much of our communications and

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